Post # 1
I am PCOS and I recently gained 20lb and having very hard time losing it. Over all I am healthy eater. Do not drink soda, have been using Splenda instead of sugar for years now (2 max 4 a day) , I ate sweets only when at the party or so. After I was diagnosed in December of 2013 I am trying not to eat carbs. Reading all the labels and it blows my mind how EVERYTHING has carbs. I have very very very busy lifestyle and I do not have time to cook at home. I have been eating Cottage cheese in the morning ( HATE IT!) Salad with balsamic vinaigrette for lunch and most of the nights grill chicken with steamed veggies. However, I do have cheat days. Sometimes it’s someone‘s b-day, sometimes we eat out in steakhouse and I REALLY REALLY crave those mashed potatoes. I do not drink Juice, or coda EVER. Do not year chips or have junk snakes. I AM NOT LOSING ANY WEIGHT!!!! I am on Medformin 100mg x 1 day and recently went back to gym. I am freaking out at this point. I NEED to lose weight for my wedding(6 month left) , to start TTC and for my own sanity. What is your diet regime and were you successful in losing weight? What are your recommendations?
Post # 2
Have you tried South Beach? It worked (somewhat) for me, and it’s basically cutting out the carbs and sugar, which is what’s suggested for PCOS as well. The first two weeks are hard, but I felt so much better. Cutting away a lot of gluten has helped as well.
At the gym, I try to do a mix of intense cardio and weights, plus I walk ~2-3 miles 1x a week. My doctor told me exercise will help balance my hormones even if I don’t lose a pound. I lost a bit of weight for my wedding through intense exercise 2-3 times a week, but we’re talking like maybe 5lbs – but I’m 5’2″, so that’s a visible amount.
The other thing that has helped me recently was the app “My Fitness Pal” for food tracking. It helps me make better choices, and I learned that on average, I only eat 1600 calories a day without “dieting”, so I don’t really need to eat less, tho I do need to exercise more.
One thing tho – for South Beach, PCOS diet, whatever, you really need to a) learn to cook and b) make time for it. If you’re bored, you’ll cheat. If you cook, you can discover new dishes and flavors and foods that you love and are still good for you. My personal new favorite has become squash – spagghetti squash, zucchini, eggplants… I never really ate them before, but they’re all great carb replacements. Spaghetti squash lasagna boats are amazeballs.